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Old 10-26-2011, 03:03 PM   #1
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Bestop flapping in the wind

I hope I'm posting in the right spot. My wife is on the road with a 2011 JK and a Bestop Supertop - and it is flapping in the cold wind, etc. Is there a phone at Bestop she can call to describe the problem? She said for me to just post on the forum and Jeff from Bestop would answer.

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Old 10-26-2011, 04:24 PM   #2
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I am stuck in Flagstaff AZ and the top is coming off my Jeep, it comes right out of the rails on the side, there is no Velcro there at all. It is a new 1st generation Supertop and it has always had a problem with flapping, it's as if it were too big. We took it to 4 wheel Parts and they assured us the installation was not the problem. If ANYONE can help me (Geoff?)
please do. I'm going out to find a 4x4 place, hopefully abundent here in Flag. I really don't want to abort my Vacation, but it's 40* and it's going to snow tonight, and I may just call it quits if this can't be fixed. I can easily tuck it back underneath the rails but it comes right back out. It is a 2 dr JK Rubi.

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Old 10-26-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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Are you talking about the windows by the doors? If that is the case, you have to tuck the edge into the C channel. Take the side window all the way off. Start the zipper about 2 inches. The edge closet to the door should fold back toward the rear of the vehicle in a "U" shape if you were looking down on it from the top. The bottom of the "U" would be facing the front of the Jeep. One "leg" on the "U" would be the window and the inside leg tucks into the channel on the plastic door surround. Push it all the way in so the bottom of the "U" is flush. Tuck the bottom plastic into the bottom channel of the body. Finish the zipper all the way and smooth over the velcro.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:06 PM   #4
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Thanks Daggo, I have full doors, but plastic window and sorrounding canvas is hanging loose. You are right I think taking it off and starting over is the the best idea. Thanks again for the reply.

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Old 10-27-2011, 06:59 AM   #5
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Thanks Daggo, I have full doors, but plastic window and sorrounding canvas is hanging loose. You are right I think taking it off and starting over is the the best idea. Thanks again for the reply.

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The Bestop is different then OEM. Uses plastic flaps to secure to the door surrounds.

S**t can't remember how it worked. I never
had a problem.
Try this -- do what Tom said, zip the zipper a couple inches. Facing the jeep passengers side pull the window opposite the channel. Your pulling the fabric tight holding the plastic in the door surround slot. It is not like OEM But similar in how it holds. Zip fully and Velcro.
Do the opposite for the drivers side.
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No Velcro that's right

Should still hold good.

Both my old/NX tops were great tops.
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Old 10-27-2011, 07:54 AM   #7
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You guys are the best, as soon as it's light I'm taking it off and re installing.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:01 AM   #8
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made do by adding some velcro strips, but now it has shifted 2" to one side. sump'n ain't right, or there's a defect.
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Old 11-02-2011, 09:16 AM   #9
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Can you post pics? I'm not sure what the problem is. Is it that the side windows are flapping back near where they adjoin the doors? Read this thread and see if it answers the question.

In short, as I mentioned in another thread:

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1) use Velcro to loosely hold window in place.
2) zip only about 4 inches of zipper.
3) fold the solid strip of the door-side of the window 180 degrees into the channel in the black plastic "door surround" that abuts the door when the window is out. The strip will literally have been folded over such that it wraps around the door surround.
4) zip the rest of the window.
5) pop in the lower edging of the window into the channel along the upper edge of the jeep. This is very much like what was done in step 3.
6) fix the Velcro.
7) admire own handiwork.

Window will be very tight. Nothing flaps in the breeze.
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Old 11-03-2011, 12:52 AM   #10
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I can get some pics tomorrow of how the top has shifted, the flapping is on the drivers side back window, also the back tailgate window. It's so loud I can't carry on a conversation without shouting. Made it home after loafing around the Southwest, AZ, TX, NM, CO, CA, not in that order of course, total 3500 miles. Very pleased over all with the performance of the 3.8.

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I can get some pics tomorrow of how the top has shifted, the flapping is on the drivers side back window, also the back tailgate window. It's so loud I can't carry on a conversation without shouting. Made it home after loafing around the Southwest, AZ, TX, NM, CO, CA, not in that order of course, total 3500 miles. Very pleased over all with the performance of the 3.8.

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Watch this video. It's for a 4dr but the principles are the same. Your top hasn't "shifted", you have it installed incorrectly.

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Old 11-03-2011, 06:23 PM   #12
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I test drove a 12 with an soft top this morning, it was so quiet I could have been a hard top. Best Top Super top, so far the worst add on and a complete waste of the hard earned. Short of going to Baltimore to show you in person Daggo, It's not a faulty install, we had help putting it on by men that do this all the time, and also took it to 4 Wheel parts because I doubted the installation too, they said all was as it should be. Also looking at the underside it looks as if it has water stains. I'm going to run over it a few times and set it on fire. Sure couln't sell it and feel good about it.

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Old 11-04-2011, 08:48 AM   #13
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Piper, if you could post some pics of your top and how it's installed we might be able to help... Bestop has been in business for a long time, making factory tops as well as aftermarket tops so I doubt that they screwed up all that bad. I know "experts" installed it, but....... let's just say, some "experts" don't know nearly as much as they'd like you to believe....
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #14
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A couple shots on the road - not closeup but you can see something is pretty loose. I hope it is just a slipup in the installation somewhere. We have a much older Bestop on our YJ, and it looks great. I'll furnish some closeups in a few days. Freeze warnings for tomorrow night, so it might be a few days...
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A couple shots on the road - not closeup but you can see something is pretty loose. I hope it is just a slipup in the installation somewhere. We have a much older Bestop on our YJ, and it looks great. I'll furnish some closeups in a few days. Freeze warnings for tomorrow night, so it might be a few days...
Bestop has the three holes on the side mounting brackets. You have it in the first hole? That would take out any excess in the fabric i would think

Or is it possible to have reversed?

I had the new super top on my Tj

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